Only one, relatively punchless, game this evening as this season bridges the gap between the opening salvos and the conference battles.
Big Ten Game of the Day:
-Michigan 97, Central Arkansas 53
A.K.A. what happens when the #32 ranked team plays the #324 ranked team in the country. As it should have been, this contest was, well, not much of one.
The Wolverines set a couple of school records tonight, with most three-pointers taken (45) and made (19). This is a welcome sight for fans, who would like to see Michigan get back to its shooting ways. They’ve been way down on three-points makes and attempts from behind the arc this season, ranking just 61st and 62nd respectively, compared to last year’s 9th and 13th. Their ability to space the floor, work the ball into the corners and take long shots could prove big dividends when conference play starts in a few weeks.
As usual, they were incredibly even-keeled on the scoring front. Moritz Wagner put up 18 points on 9 shots with 7 boards. Zak Irvin had 16 points. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 14 points and dished out 4 assist. And Duncan Robinson had 12 points off the bench.
Michigan plays host to a couple more patsies before traveling to Iowa on January 1st for a New Year’s Day bout with the Hawkeyes.